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Old 11-14-2012   #1
 
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How to get rid of cooler stank

Could use some advice regarding getting that stanky smell living in my cooler to go away forever. Just got back from a Grand trip and my Yeti is ripe. Probably had something to do with it being a trash cooler for the last 2 weeks of the trip and letting some rotten vegetable juice marinade in there.

I scrubbed it, soaked bleach in it for days, scrubbed it some more with SOS pads, then I soaked some ammonia in it for days and it still smells.....bad.

What say you buzzards?

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try a strong vinegar solution wash down
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Vinegar and baking soda, alternate, not together
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Store your open charcoal in there with the lid closed.
The charcoal should absorb the smell after a week or two, maybe less if you use a cardboard coke flat to maixmize exposure area..
Don't use the charcoal that is pre-soaked with lighter fluid or you will just trade odors.

Sunshine and fresh air usually help clear odors as well.
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If you have a pet, You might add a thin layer of natures miracle then close the lid and leave on each side for a day or two opening between tries to let some fresh air in. The enzymes do a pretty good job removing the odor at least organic odors
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But more seriously - Simple Green
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Vinegar and baking soda, alternate, not together
Come one now - don't tell me you haven't had the fun of pouring a few pounds of baking soda in and then a bottle of vinegar. Close latches and sit on top.

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Could use some advice regarding getting that stanky smell living in my cooler to go away forever. Just got back from a Grand trip and my Yeti is ripe. Probably had something to do with it being a trash cooler for the last 2 weeks of the trip and letting some rotten vegetable juice marinade in there.

I scrubbed it, soaked bleach in it for days, scrubbed it some more with SOS pads, then I soaked some ammonia in it for days and it still smells.....bad.

What say you buzzards?
Copious amounts of bleach and ammonia should do the trick, just run like hell. Joking, don't mix those-not good. Baking soda works the best.
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Thanks for the advice both practical and otherwise...you guys are always good for a laugh! I'll try to avoid making mustard gas in my cooler.

I had not heard of storing plain charcoal in a cooler previously...if it works, that's genius.....and easy. Thanks again!!!
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Newspapers... Crumple a bunch up, shut the lid, wait a few days, swap out with fresh newspaper, repeat..

I think there's carbon in the ink is the deal - either way, it works..
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